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Names and places:  Aboriginal names

A guide to the origin of the names and places associated with the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Names and places : Aboriginal names

Aboriginal place names

  • Kintaiba Child Care Centre

    "Place of laughter and games"

  • Kooinda Child Care Centre

    "A happy place"

  • Wollotuka Aboriginal Education Centre

    Wollotuka means "eating and meeting place"

  • Wonnayba Child Care Centre

    'Wannai/Wannay' means either 'small child' or 'infant', while 'ba' means 'place', therefore 'place of small children'.

Thank you to Joshua Hutley for his work in locating the meanings for some of the Awabakal place names.

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